Dates: Feb. 12 - 18, 2015
Starting Price: $2,300
Trip Type: Group
TGW is the premier travel company for carnival travel packages to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Apart from access to Carnival’s hottest parties, we offer tickets to all sections of the Samba Parade, 24/7 on site staff, guides at all parties, accommodations, flights and much more to make sure you have a no-hassle experience. Our Rio Carnival Packages are the best in the industry!
What’s included in Our Rio de Janeiro Carnival Travel Package:
Round Trip Airfare
5 Night Accommodations
Rio de Janeiro Carnival Party Service
(Access/Cover to all events, Transportation to events, Private Party Guides)
Airport Meet/Greet w/ Bilingual Guide
Half-Day City Tour of Rio (Entrance to Christ Statue)
24 Hour On-Location Staff
Daily Breakfast Buffet
All Taxes & Fees
* Packages can be customized, as long as it is within the dates of the package ** We can provide airfare from anywhere in the world *** Samba Parade is not included in the price. Ask a travel consultant on pricing. **** All Carnival packages are 100% non refundable. *****Number of parties can be customized ****** Food and/or drinks may be included at 1 or more events above
Day 1 - Depart on an overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Day 2 – Arrival/pickup from airport and check into your hotel. Day at leisure. Your VIP Host will pick you up at 11:00 PM and take you to one of Rio’s Best Carnival Balls.
Day 3 – Morning at Leisure to relax in the pool or beach. The guides will pick you up in the afternoon and take you to an incredible local VIP event.
Day 4 – You will be picked up for your ½ day city tour to check out the Christ Statue at 11:00am. The Official Samba Parade starts on this night. Night of Leisure or You have the option to purchase your tickets via us. Transfers & Tickets are included. The opening ceremony starts at 8:00pm & the parade starts at 9:00pm. Others in the group will be taken to Carnival Ball.
Day 5 – Day at Leisure or you can choose one of our optional excursions like Hang Gliding or visiting Sugar Loaf Mountain. Tonight is another night of the samba parade. It follows the same schedule as the night before.
Day 6 - Day at Leisure. You will be picked up at 10:00 PM and taken to one of Carnival’s hottest parties to celebrate Fat Tuesday and put a great ending to your trip!
Day 7 – We will pick you up 4 hours before your flight and take you to the airport. The above is only a sample itinerary. It may change.
Why Should You Travel to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival?
The Greatest Show on Earth, The Samba Parade – This two-day extravaganza is considered by many the greatest show on earth. Lasting a total of 20 hours, with about seventy thousand participants, twice as many people in the audience, plus millions of spectators watching the event on TV all around the world.
The Samba Schools – The Samba Parade is actually a competition of Samba Schools from Rio de Janeiro. Each Samba School represents a local neighborhood. It’s a huge production as samba schools have to mobilize thousands of participants, create a theme & songs, design and create the costumes & floats and choreograph the production. There are over 70 samba schools in Rio, but only the top 12 participate on the Sunday & Monday of Carnival. Some of the top samba schools that you can research before your trip are Beija Flor, Mangueira & Salgueiro.
The Music, Samba - If there is a musical style that is associated with feelings of happiness than it is without doubt Samba. Samba developed as a distinctive kind of music at the beginning of the 20th century in Rio de Janeiro (then the capital of Brazil) under the strong influence of immigrant black people from Bahia. Samba is the main theme for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
The City, Rio de Janeiro – The unique position of the sea and the mountains make Rio de Janeiro one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The People – “The Cariocas” (People from Rio) are some of the friendliest people in the world. They live life to the fullest and always have a smile on their face. Not only are they friendly, but Cariocas are beautiful, sexy people. You will definitely fall in love with the people in this city.
The Weather during Carnival – It is still summer in Brazil during this time so expect weather in the 80 – 90 degrees Farenheit.
The Beaches -Rio de Janeiro is all about the beach. If the sun is out, expect to see the beach packed with people. The beach culture is incredible. It’s vibrant, joyful and beautiful. The three main beaches in Rio de Janeiro are Ipanema, Copacabana, & Barra do Pepe.
The Parties -As far as partying in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, you have 3 options. The Street Parties, Carnival Balls & the Nightclubs. There is a ton of options, so you can definitely mix it up and do one of each every night. With the TGW Package, we will be taking you to the hottest clubs in Rio and you have the option to purchase tickets to the hottest carnival balls.
The TGW Experience – We are not just in the travel business, but also in the experience business. We want you to experience the destination and all that it has to offer especially if you are looking to party. We have staff on-site making sure you not only have an incredible time but also make sure you are safe. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro can get a little hectic so it is always good to know that you have someone to call on for any questions or emergencies that may come up.
Rio de Janeiro Carnival is called the greatest show on earth. It’s orgins are said to come from Europe, where Carnival festivities comprised mostly of balls & masquerade parties. The modern day Brazilian Carnival has evolved to include Native American and African culture in its celebration.
Rio de Janeiro Carnival is a wild 4-day celebration. Year after year it starts on Saturday and ends on Fat Tuesday. It normally takes place in February, which is right in the middle of Summer and Brazil’s hottest month. For Brazilians, Carnival is a celebration to let loose and release their inhibitions before Ash Wednesday. Rio Carnival mainly consists of the Samba Parade, Scala Balls, & Street Parties.
Flight Time: 8.5 Hours from Miami, 11 Hours from London, 17 Hours from Sydney
Main Airports: Galeao International Airport (GIG), Santos Dumont Local Airport (SDU)
When to go: Year Round
Weather: Nov – May: 86F – 69F; Jun – Oct: 79F – 60F
Currency: Real, 1.8 – 2.2 Reals to the dollar
Special Events: Carnival, New Year’s
Population: 8 Million
Tourist Attractions: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Maracana Soccer Stadium
TGW has established relationships with only the best hot spots in Rio de Janeiro. We will take you to the hottest clubs and parties where you can surround yourself with Brazil’s most beautiful singles!!! The carnival atmosphere in Rio de Janeiro is incredible. There will be special events during Rio Carnival, so we will defintely make sure you are at the hottest parties and clubs during this time.
What’s Included in the VIP Service:
Access into the hottest club/party each day/night
Entrances into Clubs/Parties
Front of the Line
Transportation to the Clubs/Parties from your hotel
VIP Status (where applicable)
VIP Host/Guide with you the entire night
Partying during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
During Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, you have 4 options to choose from as far as partying. With TGW, you will have access to the hottest clubs in Rio and we can also provide you with tickets to the other events.
TGW VIP Service to the Clubs - During Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, the club situation gets a little complicated. Some clubs close down for Carnival, others only have invite-only events and most will be super packed. Booking with TGW gets you into Rio’s hottest clubs without waiting in line and provides you with a hassle free party vacation.
The Samba Parade - The Samba Parade is a can’t miss event. It takes place in the Sambodromo, a 70,000 seat Samba Stadium built in 1984 and located close to downtown Rio. The Samba Parade is actually a competition of Samba Schools from Rio de Janeiro. Each Samba School represents a local neighborhood. Every year each school picks a different theme for the Samba Parade and preparations are done months ahead of time. It’s a huge production as samba schools have to mobilize thousands of participants, create a theme & songs, design and create the costumes & floats and choreograph the production. The end result is the greatest show on earth and an experience you will remember for the rest of your life! TGW can provide you with tickets to the Samba Parade.
Carnival Balls – Carnival Balls are themed parties that take place every night during Carnival. A true Carnival Ball features live Samba music. Tickets to these balls range from $US 40 to over US$ 2,000. The best nights are Friday, Saturday and Tuesday. It is definitely important to choose the correct Ball as there is a huge variety that include Gala Balls and Balls for Singles and Gays. The most famous and expensive ball is held at the Copacabana Palace Hotel. TGW can provide you with tickets to all of Rio’s Carnival Balls.
Street Parties & Bands – Street parties are totally free and take place all over Rio de Janeiro from Saturday to Tuesday. Bands play music in the streets and people join in to dance and drink the night away. There are more than 300 bands expected for next year’s Carnival, but the most famous are Banda de Ipanema, Cordao do Bola Preta, Cacique de Ramos & Monobloco just to name a few.
Whether you want to just chill on the beach, explore Rio’s amazing sites, or experience adventure, TGW gives you a wide selection of options to make your stay in Rio de Janeiro a vacation of a lifetime during Carnival in Rio.
If you are interested in any of the tours below, contact a TGW Rep. There are a lot of street closures during Carnival in Rio so some excursions will not be available during this time.
Santa Marta is a slum located in Dona Marta Hill, officially part of Botafogo, in Rio de Janeiro. The residents refer to the slam as Santa Marta because of the image of the homonymous saint kept till today in a chapel at the top of the hill. The image would have been taken there by an old resident in the beginning of the twentieth century.
Hang gliding is an amazing sensation and it is within the reach of all visitors coming to Rio. You will enjoy the feeling of flying accompanied by our experienced instructors and all necessary orientation to a safe and pleasant flight.
An spectacular view: winds over mountainous terrain covered in lush Atlantic rain forest. Graceful coves and sandy beaches, little islands and crystal clear water make the journey a memorable occasion.
After picking up the visitors from their hotels, the coach passes over the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and on to Búzios. Upon arrival in Búzios, the group is taken on a walk through cobbled streets rich with quaint charm, made famous by the French actress Brigitte Bardot.
After pick ups from hotels and we will take the Rio-Santos road to Itacuruça. There we will board our schooner (locally known as “saveiros”). A tray of tropical fruits will be served on board. A bar is also available on the boat (beverages not included in tour price).
Rio nights are electric. Feel the energy in the air… your heart beats faster…music and fun are key ingredients of Rio’s exciting nightlife! This atmosphere is brought to life at Plataforma’s nightly Carnaval Parade!
Rio nights are electric. Feel the energy in the air… your heart beats faster…music and fun are key ingredients of Rio’s exciting nightlife! This atmosphere is brought to life at Plataforma’s nightly Carnaval Parade!
Take a panoramic city tour from downtown Rio de Janeiro and stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral for photo opporunites and a brief history then Ride a cable car to Morro de Urca and Sugar Loaf Mountain where you will be able to enjoy the view from Sugar Loaf to the Guanabara Bay and surrounding areas.
This tour is a comprehensive “Best of Rio” tour all in one day. If you want to see it all or only have one day, this is a great tour for you. Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain in one day. Admire the view of Rio’s sprawling beaches from the top of Corcovado Mountain, spend up to an hour with your guide at Christ the Redeemer statue and take the cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain in time to see the sun set over Copacabana Beach. Lunch and roundtrip transport to Rio hotels included
After picking you up at your hotel, the tour will continue to the Cosme Velho station to catch the cog train (tickets are included) for a journey through the dense Atlantic Rain Forest of Tijuca, to the Christ Statue on Corcovado mountain. The guide has between 40 and 60 minutes to you show the wonderful sights of Rio before the return journey by train to the coach. The tour continues to São Conrado and Pepino Beach where the hand-gliders land and, by noon, the passengers are returned to their respective hotels.
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Rio de Janeiro Hotels
All of the accommodations offered on our site have been personally inspected by TGW to uphold the utmost quality standards of our travelers. We base our selection on Service, Cleanliness, and Location. TGW offers 5 star, 4 star, & 3 star accommodations.
The 5-star Sheraton Barra Hotel & Suites is ideally located across from the blue waters of Barra da Tijuca Beach in lively Rio de Janeiro. It features racquetball courts, swimming pools and a fitness and spa center.
Right across Copacabana Beach, this Miramar by Windsor is in a prime location in Rio. It features a green granite pool and a modern gym. It is a pet friendly, designer hotel with butler service and free Wi-Fi.
The Fasano brings its incomparable hospitality to Rio de Janeiro. Their new Hotel is uniquely situated at the heart of Ipanema Beach. The décor is elegant and understated with signed pieces of the 1950′s and 60′s. Rooms and suites are spare and breezy, with white walls, leather-upholstered Mies daybeds, Amazonian wood side tables, and at least two burnished Sergio Rodrigues chairs.
Consistently ranked among the top 5 hotels in Rio de Janeiro, Marriott features 245 elegantly decorated rooms on 16 floors. The hotel distinguishes itself among Rio’s best not only for its sophisticated decor, but in addition, it offers exceptional service by all staff. The Marriott is an excellent choice for even the most discerning traveler.
Located right on Rio’s Copacabana beach, the Copacabana Palace Hotel is the most renowned hotel in Rio de Janeiro and has welcomed the rich and famous since 1923. A glamorous icon of the city of Rio, this Orient-Express hotel has a reputation of exemplary service, superb cuisine and opulent luxury.
Located at Ipanema Beach, facing the sea, less than a block away from Garota de Ipanema bar, where Bossa Nova was born.Ideal for tourists and executives due to its proximity to Rio de Janeiro’s city business center and major tourist attractions.Walk out the door and see the beautiful water and sands of the Ipanema Beach while staying at the Best Western Sol Ipanema Hotel.
On Copacabana’s stunning beachfront, Pestana Rio Atlantica offers modern, luxurious suites and various leisure and gourmet options. The rooftop pool and lounge bar offers panoramic ocean views and sophisticated cocktails.
Porto Bay Rio International Hotel is a Stylish accommodation in a superb waterfront setting with magnificent ocean views and direct access to a world-famous beach. The property`s facilities include rooftop leisure facilities, private beach service and sophisticated wining and dining options. The guestrooms are beautifully appointed with balconies and sea views.
The Martinique is one of Rio’s newest and best values. Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon is within two km (1.25 miles), and Sugar Loaf is eight km (five miles) away. Located only ½ a block from the beach, the hotel features 7 stories and 117 newly remodeled rooms. The hotel also has a panoramic terrace with outdoor pool, and a fitness room.
With its prime location, Atlantis Copacabana Hotel is just a 5-minute walk to both Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches. It provides a terrace with Atlantic Ocean views and a rooftop pool.Rooms are air-conditioned and have a private bathroom. Each includes cable TV and offer free Wi-Fi.
This 23-story hotel offers guests the enjoyment of dramatic landscapes, a stunning beach, and gourmet cuisine of Rio de Janeiro. The bustling avenue and boardwalk in front of the hotel offer numerous shopping and dining options. The lobby has large, semi-oval couches for relaxing and a trendy lounge. The hotel has hosted celebrity guests, business executives, and an international mix of vacationers.
Just one block from Ipanema Beach and within walking distance of Copacabana, this hotel offers a rooftop pool and panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. It features a gourmet restaurant. Bright and spacious, Golden Tulip´s rooms display modern decor, providing soundproofed windows, cable TV and a well-supplied minibar.
Just 1 block from Copacabana Beach, the Hotel Golden Tulip Continental is located in a mostly residential area, near excellent shops and restaurants. The hotel features 275 newly renovated apartments on 21 floors. The hotel is popular among travelers due to its proximity to the beach, excellent service, and full range of amenities.
Perfectly located in the centre of Copacabana Beach, this modern hotel offers amazing ocean views from most of its rooms and the top-floor pool terrace.In addition to a restaurant, Arena Copacabana Hotel has a poolside bar and an indoor bar complete with large TV screens
Next to Copacabana beach, Rio Othon palace features a rooftop pool with excellent views of the sugar loaf mountain. Each of the air-conditioned rooms at Rio Othon palace have a balcony, cable TV and minibar. Some have views of the sea and a separate sitting area. The suites have an LCD TV.
Located in Cinelândia one of the most beautiful and friendly downtown area. It is close to the domestic airport Santos Dumont and many cultural and touristic attractions, such as the Teatro Municipal, the Museu de Arte Moderna e Belas Artes, the beautiful Praça Paris and only five minutes walk from the charming and bohemian area of Lapa.
The Golden Tulip Regente is one of the traditional hotels overlooking majestic Copacabana Beach. The Luxor tradition of high-quality service is evident in its comfortable rooms, its restaurant with international standards, a variety of recreational options, the business center and its special infra-structure for conventions. Luxor Regente is a constantly updated hotel, in a permanent process of innovation.
Rio de Janeiro Carnival Apartments
We can also offer apartments in Rio de Janeiro for Carnival. Please keep in mind that apartments during this time of year are only available as 7 to 10 night rentals.
Copacabana! High- End 3 bedroom accommodation with two parking spaces for up to 6 persons. This incredibly luxurious accommodation with a breathtaking view over the rooftops of Copacabana and the Atlantic Ocean has a living area of 120m ² with living room with dining area, kitchen, two bedrooms (one suite), two bathrooms, two balconies and a service room.
Copacabana! Amazing Penthouse for 6 persons with 1 bedroom, a huge terrace and an incredible view of the ocean. Only 2 minutes away from the world famous Copacabana beach. This wonderful luxury apartment , Venetian style .
Gorgeous and huge 1 bedroom apartment with Internet. Silent location and very close to the Leme beach! Accommodation with 68m², divided in living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen & service area, located in the first floor.
Executive 2 bedroom apartment with balcony and an amazing ocean view in the noble district of Leme. Up to 7 persons! This 2 bedroom apartment with 70m ² offers in all rooms a bright and quiet living, in a high-rise building with magnificent view over Copacabana and the Ocean.
Gorgeous beach view 1 bedroom accommodation in Leme – Rio de Janeiro. Located at the famous Atlantic Avenue, close to Copacabana. Accommodation with 40m², divided in living room, bedroom, bathroom & american kitchen.
Excellent 1 bedroom apartment between the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. With Internet & washing machine. For 3 persons! Accommodation with 35m², divided in bedroom, living room, bathroom & kitchen.
Luxury 3 bedroom vacation rental apartment with sea view in Copacabana. 3 suites. For 6 persons! Accommodation with 195m², divided in 3 bedrooms (suites), living room, dining area, 3 bathrooms, kitchen and service area.
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